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  • Writer's pictureShannon K. Wendt-Heath

An Elopement in Northern Michigan at Castle Farms in Charlevoix

Updated: Mar 16, 2021

Covid-19 has resulted in the postponement and even cancellation of many weddings here in northern Michigan. We've had more conversations than we can count with our couples, doing our best to offer honest advice, consolation and even a shoulder (or two) to cry on, but figuratively of course.

When Stacy from #JuniperandLaceEvents reached out to us here at #ThomasHeathevents #aplusentertains and #HeartWeddingDecor about this crazy idea of giving away a full elopement package to two couples whose weddings were postponed or cancelled due to the virus, we absolutely knew we wanted to be involved. And these elopements weren't a one-stop shop deal, either. They were a tiered event, with different stops for ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner and more!

We didn't even hesitate. We said "yes!" We saw it as an opportunity. One, to give back. And two, when Stacy asks something of us, we do our best to help. She is an amazing wedding planner and a warm and honest person. What you see with her is what you get and these qualities (and more) make her someone we love to work with!

One interesting fact to note: when one of the coordinators from #CastleFarms (where our portion of the elopement was to take place) sent over a photo of an idea he found for the decor, it was the EXACT photo I had used for my own reference! We both knew that we wanted the decor to FIT with the feel of a Castle.

Drum roll please! The winners of the #NorthStarElopement were Miranda Castillo and David Wondero! As they entered the Queen's Courtyard at Castle Farms, Miranda exclaimed "Are you kidding me?" (Come to find out later that the two of them are HUGE #GameOfThrones fans, and the setting here certainly channeled that look and feel for the two of them. No wonder she exclaimed)!

For Miranda and David, we were the dinner "leg" of the elopement. Dinner took place in front of the Artesian fountain feature found in the Courtyard. Thomas was the Master of Ceremonies and he told the couple a little bit about the venue, He also played some great jazz and love songs on his violin as they enjoyed dinner from the caterer #BaysideGatherings. All things to make this stop on their journey one to remember!

For Heart's part, we supplied Miranda and David with a sweetheart table along with a gold circle arch. One of our handmade farm tables was topped with gold vintage candlesticks and a gold mercury glass compote. A champagne velvet runner was topped with silver dollar eucalyptus and mixed gold votive candle holders. Our gold vintage armchairs provided the seating. This arch (or "moongate") was draped with more eucalyptus and blush pink cotton gauze fabric. The bride had indicated their colors were blush pink with gold accents, and we wanted to tie that in with the decor. The table was topped with a beautiful floral centerpiece from our friend Sydney at #UpsyDaisyFloral. Turns out the peonies Syd had tucked in were a particular favorite of the bride!

Miranda and David were treated to wines from #1918Cellars, and they toasted with our vintage brown goblets! Miranda was overheard saying that one of the wines was the best she had ever had!

What a wonderful event to have been part of... Our hope is that, if even for only a few hours, we all forgot about pandemics, postponements and physical distancing.

Special thanks to all vendors involved: @castlefarms @1918cellars @heartweddingdecor @aplusentertains @thomasheathevents @baysidegatherings @juniperandlaceevents @weddingsbycheyennellc @lakesidebridal @teamhairandbeauty @sunsetpremiershuttle

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